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How to nail a virtual job interview

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Although virtual interviews are now the norm, most advice on job interviews was given in person. Virtual interviews are different. While many of the same tips can be applied — research, enthusiasm, asking questions — they require a different kind of preparation.

Here are some tips by Dee Ann Turner (author of Crush Your Career – Ace the Interview, Land the Job and Launch Your Future) on how to succeed in a virtual interview.

Avoid distractions

The distractions that your home can cause are not the same as those in an office. To make your interview as professional as possible, ensure that nothing is on your phone or on your computer screen before the interview. Turner recommends turning off all notifications and putting your phone on silent. Also, turn off the dishwasher and washing machine if it isn’t already running.

Pay attention to your past

Also, think about what is most appealing to your interviewer. Turner suggests sitting down in front of a blank wall, in a well-lit room. She says that even digital backgrounds can distort an appearance. “Ensure that your position is proportionate to the setting. You should not be too big or too small in relation to the background.”

Technology for pre-testing

Turner recommends that you ensure that you have downloaded the meeting software well in advance of the interview and that the link to log in to the meeting works. This will help avoid any technological problems.

Dress to impress

Even if your routine has led you to wear sweatpants at home, dress up as if it were a job interview. Turner suggests that you wear nice pants and shoes regardless of whether or not they are visible. She says that even though your sweatpants and flip-flops won’t be visible on camera, dressing appropriately will make you feel confident and help you perform better in interviews. Solid colors are better for camera. For the best results, avoid patterns and use black or white.

You can keep notes on your computer

Online interviews offer the advantage of being able to view notes and make your own decisions, Turner points out. You can make a list of bullet points that you need to keep track of and then save them on your computer’s Notes application so you can view them during your interview. You should not rely on these and be as prepared with your answers as possible.

Are there any tips for a successful virtual job interview process? Please share your tips with us in the comments section below!

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